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Monday, June 30, 2008


What I love MOST about Summer!

The berries! Most importantly the Strawberries!!!!

Last weekend Little Man and I made Strawberry Freezer Jam! Now we can enjoy it all year long.

Here are some fun facts about strawberries and how good they are for you:

Fun strawberry facts to share with your kids:
  • If you lined up all of the strawberries grown in California in one straight line, they would wrap around the entire Earth 15 times.

  • Guessing game! There are about 200 seeds on the outside of each strawberry.

  • California harvests over a billion pounds of strawberries annually.

  • One acre of land (about the size of one football field) grows about 50,000 pounds of strawberries - that's the same weight as 4 elephants!
For us moms, it's worth knowing:
  • Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants and rank second among the top ten fruits in antioxidant capacity: one serving of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than an orange.

  • Strawberries may help reduce the risk of heart disease, fight some types of cancer and lower blood pressure. Not bad for a little red berry!

  • Don't forget! The antioxidants in strawberries also aid in memory performance and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, two key factors that can cause age-related diminished brain function.

ALSO did you know that California provides 88% of the nation's strawberries, and the region is experiencing an incredibly bountiful harvest this year. With over 35,000 acres of fields across California, the growers will be picking nearly 6 million crates of delicious, ripe strawberries this week to deliver to grocery stores nationwide. That is amazing!!!

Here is our Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe just in case you don't eat them all up! (from

2 cups crushed strawberries (buy 1 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
4 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
3/4 cup water
1 box SURE.JELL Fruit Pectin

RINSE clean 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
STEM and crush strawberries thoroughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
MIX water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 minute. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

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Friday, June 27, 2008


Lily on the Fly is at is again and YOU could be a part of it!!!

24/7 Moms need your favorite recipes!
Lily has teamed up with to create a limited edition set of Lily cards from the favorite recipes of all us 24/7 moms. Submit your family favorite recipes as comments to this blog and we will select 10 winning recipes that will be published in a special edition set called ' Modern Mom Favorites'. Each of the 10 winners will receive a free set of the special edition cards.

Hurry - deadline for posting is August 1, 2008.

The special edition set is timed to debut at conference to be held in Gig Harbor, WA, on October 10-12. See for details!

Go here to post your recipe:

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Thursday, June 26, 2008


WIN Crayola Color Wonder Alphabet pack

If you have not already heard my friend Trisha has started a new moms group called 24/7 MOM. You can join our Yahoo Group HERE. Or sign up for our monthly e-news HERE. You can also visit her personal blog to win a Crayola Color Wonder pack. Click here to visit Trisha's blog and enter.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


My teeth are going green!

And no I don't mean like gross have not brushed in days green!

The Preserve line takes recycled BPA and phthalate-free plastic, including yogurt cups, and re-recycles them into stylish, affordable, and eco-friendly toothbrushes. And when it's time to get new toothbrushes for the family, you can print out a pre-paid postage label from Recycline's website, send the used toothbrushes back to them and the plastic will live on as a deck, picnic table, or boardwalk. The line also includes Preserve Jr. toothbrushes for kids, with animal colors and shapes, making it easy for us to get an early start when it comes to promoting eco-friendly habits.
Preserve toothbrushes, which are available at Target stores nationwide for only $2.04, and the coupons which can be found at,

This is a very interesting toothbrush, works great. Has an interesting curve to it which I have never seen on another toothbrush. Carson wants to know why I got one and not him! Guess he will be next on the list.
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Add my button to your blog!!!

I created a button!!! If you would like to add my button to your blog copy and paste the following HTML code into your blog!

Thanks for reading!

Copy and paste the following HTML code into your blog or web page:

<a href=""><img src="" border="0" /></a>
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Win FREE Stuff!!!

I found the untold secret. I great blog that tells you all kinds of online contests to win free prizes. Go to
You can even subscribe to their blog (which is highly recommend) to that you get all the new contest listings daily. What a great resource to find all the contest in one spot! Keep your eye out for some from my site as well. If you have not checked out my current give-a-way for a Save the Ta Tas gift pack click here.
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Monday, June 23, 2008


Life 4 Sale

My friend Trisha blogged about this man named Ian and how he is selling his life on eBay. Yes he is selling his life and no he is not going to commit suicide. She has a GREAT way to turn this story into a learning experience for her children. You should check out her blog as well as Ian's.
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Sunday, June 22, 2008


Retail Me Not

I found this GREAT website I wanted to share that has over 70,000 coupons for online purchases. Check it out:

You can also rate each coupon on if it works or not. Hey better try then get no discount at all! Try it today!
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Saturday, June 21, 2008


Free custom Blogger blog design

Free custom Blogger blog design
Prize: Free custom blog design for Blogger platform. One winner for every 30 entries. Retail value: $80.Site: Restored 316 DesignsHoop: Comment on postDeadline: June 23, 2008Link: Visit this giveaway
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Friday, June 20, 2008


Are plastic water bottles a health hazard?

I started talking about this with some friends last night. Take a look at this article. It will make you think twice and you will start checking all the bottoms of you plastic containers! I am SO bummed my new Starbucks cup is the WORST kind of plastic!
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Thursday, June 19, 2008


Hilary Lister - and AMAZING woman!

This is from Hilary's website:

Hilary was not born quadriplegic, in fact Hilary was quite the sporting child.
However, Hilary was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, which would slowly limit the use of her body as she became older.
Hilary now 36, is quadriplegic and lives near Canterbury with her husband and chocolate Labrador Lottie. Hilary has battled with her worsening medical condition for over half her life.
Tempted in her darkest moments to end her pain and suffering, an introduction to sailing in 2003 provided a fresh impetus and transformed life for Hilary. In 2005, Hilary Lister made history by becoming the first ever quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel.

Check out the rest of her story at
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008


My topless tank!

Okay they are officially called the topless undershirt, but who cares. I ordered white, goes with everything. I put it on today. NO tag LOVE it. Super soft. I wore for over 10 hours. No rolling. No falling down (okay maybe a little in the back but nothing noticeable). No bunchiness up top to worry about. It was GREAT!!!! I highly suggest if you are a "layerer", "long waisted", maybe even pregnant or just can't find shirts that are long enough, then try them. You will not be disappointed. They pull up to right below your bra line. I tuck mine under my bra. Can't even tell it is there.

Created by Blush Accessories, They come in 14 colors and 6 patterns. Also come with lace at the bottom. You can purchase them on several websites, I suggest
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Boogie Wipes!!!

I LOVE Boogie Wipes. Yes they are what they say. They wipe the boogies away. They make nose blowing a whole lot more comfortable. Fun thing is I have not used them on Little Man I have used them on myself. I have a horrible cold that started a couple days ago and my nose was SO raw I decided to try them. They are great! Now I need to find out where to buy more!

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Monday, June 16, 2008


Win a $100 gift certificate from Lane's End!

Lands' End is one of those companies that really value moms' opinions. Here's a way to have your voice heard and really make a difference when it comes to preparing your children for the upcoming school year.Please take a few minutes to complete the Lands' End Back-To-School 2008 Survey. The survey consists of 18 multiple-choice questions. Upon completing the survey, your name will be entered to win one of five $100 Lands' End Gift Cards. To be eligible to win, you must complete the survey by midnight (CST) on Wednesday, June 25. Take the Survey Now!
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Win a Save the Ta Tas Gift Basket

Imagine a World without cancer. This May I participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. While looking for donors for our auction I learned about this company called Save the Ta Tas. Here is some info from their website:

Ta-tas® Brand Clothing cares about women and their families. That's why we are committed to making a significant contribution in the fight against cancer. We do this by giving a portion of our gross sales to the fight against the disease. That means, with every sale, every item, every day, all year, every year for as long as we exist, we are fighting cancer from every angle we can. And since our launch in 2004, we have given$162,000 to the fight against cancer. By giving a portion of our gross sales to carefully researched cancer fighting organizations we are fighting the battle on the medical front, in the community and meeting the personal needs of people struggling with the disease.
The gift set ($160 value) includes the following:
(2) ta-tas Bumper Magnets, ta tas button, medium white doggie tank, bar of boob lube, ta-tas Mug, ta-tas Pink Cap, size small pink ta tas tee, size 1x black ta tas tee, size small white ta tas thak, and size xl white ta tas tee.

To enter and win this fabulous Save The Ta-Tas gift basket, please visit the site and then come back and comment on this post with your favorite product. Entries will be accepted through July 2nd and I'll pick the winner using US readers are eligible. Only one entry/comment per person, please. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address.

To get extra credit :
For an extra entry :
Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
This contest will end July 2nd at midnight!
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Sunday, June 15, 2008


Combine Demolition Derby

Here is our trip to Lind, WA
Little Man had a blast. I was so proud of myself for putting sunscreen on myself, did not work though. I am very burnt and also sick. YEAH for me, not really. Anyways Little Man had fun. He rode all the tractors at Uncle Joe's. He even got to ride one and steer it all by himself. He also had fun at the derby. It was SO hot and the dirt was flying. As soon as Uncle Joe emails me the photos of the dirt.

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My Week

My week has been happy, sad, and emotionally exhausting. This week we lost a very sweet, very caring, little boy. He is now in Heaven with his little sister, Faith. We will miss him but know that he is very happy and healthy where he is now. We laughed and we cried but in the end we were happy. We will always love and miss him and his sister.

In Memory of Kevin Fredsti
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Just wanted to share a great website with you called
We designed and had made several custom shirts for a very reasonable price, (like $20 or less per shirt)
There were great quality. And I am sure you could get them for cheaper if you ordered more than one of each shirt. We had them made for Milkman's friends and so they each had their name on them, so the were not all the same. But still for $20 I think it was worth it. Great quality and communication too.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


My friends, The Fredsti's

I just wanted to share this with everyone:

I have some friends, The Fredsti's, Mary Ann and Steffan. These are probably two of the most wonderful, strong, compassionate people I know. For years Mary Ann and Steffan attempted to conceive a child, after 8 plus years they were blessed with the conception of twins. Stationed in Germany they were immediately reassigned to the States and stopped in California to visit family, where we flew down and visited. On the last day of our visit Mary Ann went into labor at 24 weeks. For 10 days after that her labor was stopped so that they could transfer her to a hospital who could handle preemies. She delivered Faith (just under 1 pound) and Sancar "Kevin" (just over 1 pound) at 26 weeks. Faith lived for 9 days before passing peacefully to Heaven. Now Kevin on the other hand was the little fighter! Just a little over a year later Mary Ann and Steffan were blessed again with Katie, their little red-headed spitfire.

Kevin is now almost 3 years old and has fought through over 20 brain surgeries. Last week Kevin decided that enough is enough and he started to refuse his feeds.

Last night Kevin was put on hospice care. Mary Ann and Steffan have been so strong through all of this and have put on this incredibly strong forefront. I envy their capability to handle this situation. I also forgot to mention in the midst of all of this Steffan did two tours in Iraq and was shot in the shoulder during his second tour.

I just want to share the love and compassion these two wonderful people have for themselves and their children. Many think it is unfair with everything they have been through. But they would never trade it for the world.

If you have children and are reading this post, please give them a big hug. We often take life for granted and our health and the health of our children, as annoying as they can be at times.

I want to dedicate this moment to Steffan and Mary Ann Fredsti, my friends, and in many ways my mentors. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We love you all, Kevin, Katie, Faith, Steffan, and Mary Ann. We could never have asked for better friends.
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Our day at the museum

Milkman was working on the house Saturday so Little Man and I went to the Hand's On Children's museum in Olympia. If you are ever in the area I HIGHLY recommend it. It is the coolest hands on museum we have ever been to. This is our second visit. Last time we missed the Art Studio and the Toddler area. Here is a picture of Little Man doing his favorite activity, the Lentil Table:

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Monday, June 9, 2008


Combine Demolition Derby!

Yes you read is correctly this coming weekend we will, for the first time, visit the Lind, WA Combine Demolition Derby. Here is a link to learn more and see pics!
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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Nicki has MOLTED, now it is Nicki 2's turn!

So last night we had discovered the Nicki 1 (Little Man's hermit crab) officially molted. There are still shell remains to be digested so she is still hiding. Now Nicki 2 has buried her self as well! Nicki 1 looks VERY pretty and new now. Very light pink. I will post a pic as soon as she comes up to the surface.
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Thursday, June 5, 2008


Summertime Survey

Do you have 5 minutes, or maybe not that long depending on how quick you can type.

Take a couple minutes to take the Summertime survey. Answers will be used in the June 24/7 MOMS E-News.

You can also sign up to get the E-news at

Want to be in the MOM know? Join the 24/7 MOMS Yahoo group at:
Click here to join 247moms
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Win a $10.00 cold stone creamery gift card

Take this 4 minutes survey about Summertime.
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Lily on the Fly Day 4

So it is day 4 for the Lily on the Fly meals. This will probably me my LAST post since my family LOVES them SO much!!! Tonight was chicken and dumplings, yum!!!!
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Topless undershirts!

These are SO cool! For some reason shirts seem to be shorter and shorter and unfortunately it is NOT because I am getting taller. So for those of you with the SAME problem, check out this contest for a topless undershirt! I entered so should YOU!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Protect-A-Bed, more like Protect-YOUR-Bed

I am going to get the pillow case for Little Man. It sounds bad but the toddler beds has the plastic crib mattress already, I have an inexpensive waterproof thing on it and he will not be in for much longer BUT when he does have night accidents his pillow gets it and that is SO gross. I have tried other waterproof pillow cases and they are all uncomfortable to sleep on.
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Father's Day Coupon for Picture People

Here is a coupon for a free 8x10 or 10x13 plus 15% off your purchase and never a session fee!
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Lily on the Fly Day 3

Today as the simplest by FAR! Tonight we had smashed red potatoes (added parm and garlic again) and meat loaf. But the meat loaf was made in the crock pot. It was great. Took about 5 minutes to mix together this morning. Next time will add some more veggies like carrots and celery. I also used ketchup and not BBQ sauce on top, for the kiddo. Once again no complaints from the hubby on this one!
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Monday, June 2, 2008


Accurate Mobile RV Repair

I just wanted to recommend to anyone in the south Puget Sound area a company called
Accurate Mobile RV Repair. We called these people, Wanda and Josh to help with some electrical issues we were having with our travel trailer. We set up an appointment for them to come out and I talk at length with Josh about our issues and he gave us some suggestions on things to check before he came out.

Sure enough I checked them out and one of them was the problem. They were very reasonably priced I thought, even though they id not have to come out. No "hidden" fees very up front and offered free advice. I highly recommend them to anyone having issues.
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Wii Fit Day 2

So today is day 2 of the Wii Fit too!
A little sore from yesterday not bad. The thing I like the best is is MAKES you do the exercises correctly. Of course I am sure you can cheat. But if you don't and actually try it helps you do them correctly by showing you where your center of balance it.
AND I like that you have to unlock the exercises because they are harder and it gives you something to work for.
My husband is complaining already! I did 35 minutes yesterday and 30 today. He did only 15 yesterday and only on like 6 minutes today!
I recommend this one!
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Lily on the Fly Day 2

So today is Day 2 of our Lily on the fly meals. Yesterday we had Parsley Buttered Potatoes and Chicken on a Bun SUPER easy and all cooked in the microwave! We added garlic and some fresh parm to the potatoes but other than that they were great! Hubby even liked it!

Tonight we had oven baked ravioli. Once again, SUPER easy, hubby AND 4-year old LOVED it!

I love dinner being SO easy!!!

Don't forget for a limited time you can get 15% off of your order. Use this discount code:5mins4mom
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Sunday, June 1, 2008


Relay for Life 2008

Relay was great this year! (like always) I have uploaded pics in my I can't wait until next year! This year our team raised almost $4200! Why do I Relay? I Relay for:
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